Clearway Community Solar Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 2

Clearway Community Solar LLC ("Clearway") is offering essay scholarships ("Essay") to a full-time undergraduate college student. Students will be writing an essay about a topic chosen by Clearway. Our 2020 Scholarship Essay Contest prompt for the 2020-2021 school year is now live. Scholarship applications will be accepted until November 1, 2020.

2020 Essay Topic

The climate crisis is among the most critical existential threats facing humankind. But today, we are also facing a new global crisis: the COVID-19 pandemic. Are there similarities in the threat of these two crises? How has the urgency of combating the climate change crisis been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?

Please consider the following questions in your response:

A) What impact has the COVID-19 global pandemic had on the environment and the economy?

B) How do these impacts affect ongoing or new climate change mitigation strategies?

C) In what ways have recent changes to daily life, school, governance, or business provided a preview of what might happen to society if the climate crisis continues to escalate?

D) Based on what we've learned from navigating through the COVID-19 crisis, what steps should we take today to help manage the climate change crisis?

Thinking about these key points, create an essay of no less than 1,000 words that describes the parallels and differences of these two crises, and share your insights on how this experience can help us create a more sustainable future.

Essays must be 1,000 words or more and in a Word Document. Plagiarized essays will not be considered. We will only accept essays in English. One essay per student. See full rules for more details.


Entries will be judged on grammar, originality, and content quality. Clearway will make the final judgment decisions and notify the winners via email or phone. If a winner does not contact Clearway Community Solar within a week of being notified, Clearway Community Solar will select a new winner.

Eligible Students

A) Scholarship applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in fields such as Environmental Science, Sustainable Studies, Industrial Technology, Energy and Sustainability Policy, Energy Commerce, Environmental Engineering, or a related field at a US institution and be a United States citizen.

B) Scholarship applicants must have completed, at the attending institution, a minimum of 15 college credit hours or one semester. The selected winner must provide verification of school status via transcript prior to the release of the prize.

C) Scholarship applicants must possess an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The selected winner must provide verification of GPA via transcript prior to the release of the prize.

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